Taste Sensations 2

Nicholson Street BakeryExperience a smorgasbord, soaking up the atmosphere around Fitzroy and Collingwood with flavours for the tastebuds and cultural nourishment for the soul.

Begin the day with a visit to Birdie Num Nums, where breakfast is served from 8am until 4pm. From Bourke Street in the city take the number 96 (East Brunswick) tram (towards East Brunswick) along Nicholson Street to Scotchmer Street. Located in a 19th century building that was once a butcher’s shop, Birdie Num Num’s has a distinctly Greek influence and brilliant baristas ensure the coffee is the best around.

After breakfast, take the tram south along Nicholson Street to Johnston Street, then either the number 200, 203 or 205 bus to Smith Street. Now one of Melbourne’s most creative areas in terms of both food and art, Smith Street is home to some of the city’s best bars, cafés and restaurants together with an intriguing array of contemporary art spaces.

At 321 Smith Street, in.cube8r gallery was created to support craft, art and the hand-made in Melbourne and is home to over 90 crafters of all kinds.

Back to a food focus, head to Books for Cooks on Gertrude Street, a specialist independent new and second-hand cookery book store, run by cooks and lovers of good food. There are more than 25,000 new, out-of-print, second-hand and antiquarian titles available.

From browsing all manner of books about food, it’s time to try a modern take on ancient Indigenous sustenance. Charcoal Lane promotes reconciliation and understanding through food. In addition to being an excellent restaurant with an Aboriginal influence, it also helps Aboriginal and disadvantaged young people gain valuable hospitality experience.

Gertrude Street is a self-contained enclave of food, shopping and art. Its food stores and restaurants are interspersed with designer fashion and all kinds of creativity – a wonderful place to explore.

Brunswick Street is Melbourne’s bohemian heart with markets and restaurants, cafés and bars featuring local produce and tastes of the world. It is also home to cutting edge art, design and fashion. Visit the Brunswick Street Gallery, which finds and exhibits high quality artworks by established and emerging artists.

At the end of the day head for some of Melbourne’s brilliant bars such as the award-winning Ginger Cocktail Bar which has an extensive list of cocktails, from the classics to more experimental concoctions. If you are partial to boutique beers, the Little Creatures Dining Hall, at 22 Brunswick Street, is located in an historic Fitzroy warehouse and serves brewery-fresh beer and great food.

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Birdie Num Nums Café

745 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
9380 1950

in.cube8r gallery

321 Smith Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
8415 0321

Books For Cooks

233-235 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
8415 1415

Charcoal Lane

136 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
9418 3400 

Brunswick Street Gallery

322 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
0419 390 478

Ginger Cocktail Bar

272 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
9419 8058

Little Creatures Dining Hall

222 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
9417 5500

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